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Reach for the Stars

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Small but perfectly formed, the Musée d’Histoire des Sciences is one of Geneva’s coolest museums, especially if you love science. The museum’s current exhibition “Terre et Soleil” tells the story of how Copernicus, Galileo and Isaac Newton first put into doubt the ancient geocentric theories and subsequently provided their own theories of a dynamic system of planets orbiting around the sun. If you think this sounds too complicated for children, it’s not. The exhibition is […]

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Swiss Bricks

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Nestled in the elegant gardens of the Domaine de Penthes, the Musée des Suisses dans le Monde is about to unveil a brilliant new exhibition, one we can’t wait to get our hands on (quite literally!). If you thought that LEGO ® and history were an unlikely combination, think again because the Musée des Suisses upcoming exhibition, “Histoire en Briques“, will be doing just that. From the 1st of November 2015 until the 14th […]

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Cézanne For Kids

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If you missed the “Ô Cézanne” art exhibition at the Espace des Inventions in Lausanne last February, you’ll be happy to know that it will be coming soon to the Espace Nouveau Vallon in Chêne-Bougeries! Suitable for children aged 5 to 11, the Exposition-jeu d’éveil culturel : Ô Cézanne  is a fun way to introduce your little ones to one of the most iconic painters of the 19th century. If you’ve never taken them […]

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Rendez-Vous au Jardin

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Looks like spring has finally sprung on the Lac Léman region: dust off your picnic baskets & sun hats because the time has come to enjoy some of the best spring events the region has to offer. First on our list is the Rendez-vous au jardin at the Château de Prangins on Sunday 3rd of May 2015. The event will begin at 10am with different activities in the castle’s kitchen garden, including veg-planting workshops […]

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Easter at PAKOMUZé 2015

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The 10th edition of “PâKOMUZé” is back this year to keep your little munchkins entertained during the Easter holidays. This fantastic initiative for children & families will take place from the 3rd to the 19th of April 2015 across 32 museums in Lausanne, Pully, Yverdon-les-Bains and the Vaud Riviera. The objective of PâKOMUZé” (phonetic transcription of ‘Pâques au Musée’) is to offer a selection of great kids activities ranging from police forensic workshops for 10 to 12 year-olds […]

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Twice the Fun

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We’ve already posted about the “Ô Cézanne” exhibition at the Espace de la Jeunesse in Lausanne but when we actually visited it was so much better than we expected, so here’s some photos to show you how great it was. First of all, it’s not just one but two fantastic family exhibitions in the same place. When you arrive at the Espace de la Jeunesse head straight for the Espace des Inventions round building: […]

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Easter at PAKOMUZé 2014

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The 9th edition of “PâKOMUZé” is back this year to keep us & our little munchkins entertained during the Easter holidays. This fantastic initiative for children & families will take place from the 12th to the 27th of April 2014 across 32 museums in Lausanne, Pully, Yverdon-les-Bains and the Vaud Riviera. The objective of PâKOMUZé” (phonetic transcription of ‘Pâques au Musée’) is to offer a selection of great kids activities ranging from police forensic workshops for 10 […]

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Cézanne for Families

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A fantastic new exhibition will be opening at the Vallée de la Jeunesse in Lausanne on the 11th of February 2014: “Ô Cézanne”, a fascinating insight into the work of the much-loved post impressionist French painter, perfect for children aged 5 to 11. Who doesn’t love Paul Cézanne’s intense colours and idyllic landscapes? He’s certainly one of the iconic 19th century painters your little ones can easily relate to, and this great exhibition […]

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All Aboard

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This weekend the little pirates & I spent a lovely Sunday afternoon at the Musée du Léman in Nyon. Recently renovated, this great museum is an ideal destination for a family day-out: not only it’s child-friendly and very interactive but it’s located just next to one of Nyon’s best playgrounds, facing Lake Léman & its stunning views. And when your visit is over, you can take a stroll in Nyon’s old town and […]

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Geneva’s Firefighters Museum

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Just when you think you have the whole city sussed and could navigate all its best child-friendly hideouts with your eyes closed, along comes an impressive new discovery in the shape of the Musée du Service d’incendie et de secours – Ville de Genève. To say that this is every little boy’s dream museum would be an understatement: my two little men could hardly contain their excitement as they climbed the […]

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Night at the Museum

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La Nuit des musées de Genève & “after en famille” will be taking place on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th of May 2013. This is the first time that the city’s museums will be opening their doors to the public at night and it sounds like it will be a fantastic weekend: the programme is filled with 163 events including workshops, guided tours, art performances and story-telling. Here’s what’s in store…   […]

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Swiss Museum of Games

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Housed in a beautiful 13th century castle and surrounded by an outdoor games trail as well as a fab playground, the Musée Suisse du Jeu is one of the best child-friendly museums in Switzerland & definitely one of our favourites.     The Musée Suisse du Jeu is located in La Tour-de-Peilz (VD) about one-hour’s drive from Geneva, right on the picturesque shores of Lake Léman and just a short walk from the Alimentarium in Vevey, so […]

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Bringing History to Life

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A new permanent exhibition “Noblesse Oblige – Life at the Château” will open at the Château de Prangins (VD) on Saturday 23rd of March 2013. If you’d like to take your little muffins back in time and discover together what the everyday life of a noble family of the Vaud region was like in the 18th century, then this exhibition is for you. From 1771 to 1786, the Baron of Prangins Louis-François Guiguer, his […]

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Easter Fun with PAKOMUZé

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If you’re spending the Easter holidays here with your little bunnies don’t miss “PâKOMUZé”, a fantastic initiative for the whole family taking place from the 29th of March to the 14th of April 2013. PâKOMUZé (phonetic transcription of ‘Pâques au Musée’) will offer a series of fantastic kids activities across 28 museums in Lausanne, Pully and the Riviera vaudoise. With over 60 activities to choose from, including Easter chocolate workshops at the Alimentarium, “P’tit tour […]

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Creaviva Children’s Museum

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Paul Klee is without a doubt one of Switzerland’s best loved artists of all times. His distinctive use of colour and simple shapes, at times geometrical or abstract, make him immediately recognizable and also very appealing for children. This is why I jumped for joy when I found out about the Creaviva Children’s Museum, located on the lower ground floor of the Zentrum Paul Klee in Bern – less than 2 hour’s drive from Geneva. As you approach the […]

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The Alimentarium in Vevey

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The Alimentarium in Vevey (VD) is one of the best days-out we’ve had with our 3 munchkins this winter. Only one-hour’s drive from Geneva, a family outing to Vevey is a great option on a Sunday: the Alimentarium is open from 10am to 6pm and – after your visit – you can take a stroll to enjoy the superb views over Lake Léman and the mountains. However wonky, a snap of Swiss […]

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Xmas at the Ariana Museum

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The Ariana Museum (Musée suisse de la céramique et du verre) in Geneva houses one of grandest Ceramics and Glass collections in Europe. You might have spotted the museum’s beautiful building, built at the end of the 19th century, nestled in an elegant garden just a few steps away from the Palais des Nations. The agenda of family-friendly events during the month of December at the Ariana Museum is fantastic, so if you’re here […]

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It’s a Chocolate Xmas !

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We’ve already blogged about how much we love the Château de Prangins (VD) but this time I think they’ll truly knock our Xmas socks off ! If you love chocolate and you have little buttons who just can’t wait for the 25th to come, mark this free family event on your diary – I have a feeling there will be plenty of chocolate-moustached little faces walking around…   Sunday 9th of December […]

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December at MAMCO

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The agenda for December 2012 at MAMCO, Geneva’s Musée d’art moderne et contemporain, is filled with great events that are free of charge thanks to the support of the Fondation Lombard Odier.   If you’d like to find out more about Switzerland’s biggest contemporary art museum, here’s some dates for your diary:   Thursday 20th December 2012: LAST CHRISTMAS ! XMAS PARTY 2012 from 8pm to 5am Villa Magica Records, Mamco & le Centre […]

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November at MAMCO

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The agenda for November 2012 at MAMCO, Geneva’s Musée d’art moderne et contemporain, is filled with great events that are free of charge thanks to the support of the Fondation Lombard Odier. If you’d like to find out more about Switzerland’s biggest contemporary art museum, here’s some dates for your diary:     1. MUSÉE GRATUIT On the first Sunday of each month MAMCO organizes a guided tour in French beginning […]

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Workshops for Budding Anthropologists

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The autumn school holidays in the Canton of Geneva are nearly upon us, so if your children and teens dream of a life of adventures learning about different human cultures here’s some dates for your diary. “Des ethnologues en herbe mènent l’enquête”: in these workshops the children will set off armed with a camera, recording device and notebook to discover unexpected people and places that will reveal more about the secrets […]

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Kings of the Castle

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The Musée national suisse at the Château de Prangins is one of our favourites. Located just a few minutes outside of Nyon, this 18th century castle overlooking Lake Léman is surrounded by exquisite gardens and hosts one of the Swiss National Museums. We’ve been there many times with the children because it’s one of the most interactive and kid-friendly museums in the area, and also for some fun birthday parties that the children had […]

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Fun at the Museum

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As mentioned in a previous post, I am a bit of an art addict and like to share this passion of mine with the little buttons. As my French improves, I’ve been able to discover more and more kid-friendly activities organised by museums and art foundations in Geneva, so here’s some of my findings so far…   Musée d’Art et d’Histoire – Geneva The Musée d’Art et d’Histoire on Rue Charles-Galland organises some great […]

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I Art Geneva

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I’ve always had a very soft spot for art and design so – whenever possible – I try to take my children to visit museums and exhibitions, especially when these offer special tours or workshops organised just for them. Many museums in Geneva do just that, so here’s a brief list of what’s on in town for your little budding artists: The MAMCO, Geneva’s Musée d’art moderne et contemporain is Switzerland’s biggest museum of contemporary […]

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